Brazilians head back to streets in impeachment row

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, second right, stands with her ministers and supporters during the launching ceremony of the third stage of Minha Casa Minha Vida Program, at the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday that he believes Rousseff, his embattled successor and protege, can survive mounting pressure in Congress for her impeachment. Rousseff recently appointed Silva as her chief of staff in a much-discussed move that still must be confirmed by Brazil's top court. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Supporters of embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were to hit the streets in rallies across the country Thursday aimed at pressuring Congress ahead of an impeachment vote.

Pro-government organizations and the leftist Workers’ Party called protests in 31 cities, with the main one in the capital Brasilia, headed by controversial former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Lula, who founded the ruling Workers’ Party and remains a heavyweight figure on the left, called for supporters to hit the streets on his Facebook page.

On Wednesday, Rousseff branded the attempt to bring her down as based on trumped-up charges and amounting to “a coup.”

She has been left dangerously isolated after the main coalition partner for her Workers’ Party, the PMDB, announced Tuesday that it was pulling out and would support impeachment.

Rousseff is also dealing with the deepest recession in a generation and fallout from a huge corruption scandal at…

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